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>> continue to send us your tweet. both have them up on our laptops so if you have something you want to share about your member his of j.r. ewing, larry hagman, major nelson. >> send that to us. thanks for starting your morning with us. >> much more ahead on "cnn saturday morning" which starts right now. good morning, everyone. i'm randi kaye. >> and i'm victor blackwell. 8:00 on the east coast and 5:00 out west. thanks for starting your day with us. starting with some sad news from the entertainment world. as we've been following this morning, the death of larry hagman. his family says at 81 years old he died of complications from cancer. >> you have dishonored my daddy's name and everything he stood for. maybe you and bobby can live with this, but i can't. >> that's the character he's best known for. the j.r. ewing character from "dallas," one of the best known tv characters of the last 30 years really.
d "dallas" was a long running hit in the '70s and '80s and you may remember him as major nelson from "i dream of jean any." barbara eden said i had the pleasure of watching the texas tornado that was larry hagman. can i honestly say that we've lot not just a great actor, not just a television icon, but an element of pure americana. much more on larry hagman later in the hour. black friday has come and gone, but the nation's retailers hope the effects will be long lasting. shoppers sprinted into the stores in search of holiday bargains. retailers can rack up 40% of the sales during the november and december shopping period and if you didn't find what you wanted, check out some of your local area stores during small business saturday. the initiative founded two years ago by american express aims to steer some of those big bucks to the smaller stores. and while walmart says it was the best block friday in store history, the day wasn't without controversy.
from california to kentucky, protesters rallied against what they say is walmart's retaliation against workers who speak out about issues like pay and health care. walmart has denied those claims and says it only knew of, quote, a few dozen demonstrations. >> moving overseas now, actually we'll get to that in a movement stay here for a gas leak blamed for an explosion at a split club. this is in springfield, massachusetts. look at it here. this blast leveled the club and damaged 25 other buildings in that neighborhood. 18 people hurt and no one killed, fortunately. our affiliate wggb says people felt the explosion four miles away. a city official says some of those damaged buildings will be demolished today. and now to egypt. demonstrators there have taken to the streets in cairo to protest against president mohamed morsi. morsi expanded his powers this week, and that means no one can challenge his decisions. they can't be overturned. that's led to anger among the
people and some of the judges. cnn's reza sayah is in cairo this morning. >> reporter: thanks have calmed down considerably in cairo's tahrir square. still demonstrators out in tahrir, especially those who pitched tents overnight but the numbers not as what we saw on friday, friday one of the most intense and violent days of demonstrations that we've seen since mr. morsi, the egyptian president took office back in june. more than 140 people injured throughout egypt, according to the health ministry, in clashes between protesters and police. a little under 40 people injured in kay row. several with gunshot wounds. also, more than 200 people arrested and many on charges of thuggery and destroying public property. those arrested seem to be younger men who are out looking for trouble, but certainly thousands showed up to express what they call as legitimate and serious concern about mr. morsi's decrees that at least for the time being give
him sweeping powers without any oversight for the next several months. he says these moves are an effort to move forward the democratic process and to draft a constitution. his opponents describe it as an undemocratic power grab, and now this face-off is taking shape. one of mr. morsi's advisers quitting today, the supreme court judicial council, the body that represents the top judges, held an emergency meeting today with a statement describing the decrees as an unprecedented attack on the independence of the judiciary. also a call for a million man protest on tuesday. critical days ahead for egypt. reza sayah, cnn, cairo. now a real life mystery that could spike tensions in the middle east. was palestinian leader yasser arafat poisoned to death? that's what a trio of international teams is looking to find out. arafat's body will be exhumed this week on tuesday eight years after he suddenly died.
cnn's frederik pleitgen is following the investigation in ramallah in the west bank. >> the main investigator for the palestinian authority announced the way that this investigation is going to be happening. so what's going to happen is that this coming tuesday the investigators from france, russia, as well as switzerland, are going to open yasser arafat's grave. they are going to take samples from yasser arafat ebody, and then they are going to shut the grave as well. all of this will have big ceremonial character. there will be a religious ceremony when the grave is opened. there will be a military ceremony, and the same is going to be happening when yasser arafat is laid to rest again. the whole thing, they say, is all going to happen in one day, so it won't take very long, but what the palestinian authority has left open is how long the actual investigation of the samples is going to take. all of the samples are separately going to be taken to russia, france and switzerland, to the labs there, to be analyzed, and it's unclear how long this analysis is going to take. however, if it does come to light that yasser arafat was indeed poisoned with the
radioactive substance polonium that will, of course, cause massive emotional reactions here. and already the investigation is a very emotional one for the investigators and for the palestinians as the lead investigator said in his press conference >> translator: the 27th of november will be one of the most difficult days of my life because of many personal, national and symbolic considerations, but i consider it a painful necessa fuful nece >> reporter: polonium is a radioactive substance that was already used in assassination attempts in the past. if you think back several years to a former kgb spy who was poisoned with polonium in london that many believe the russian secret service is behind that. something that is certainly out there. a separate investigation has already shown on items that belong to yasser arafat that there were increased levels of polonium there. now the palestinian authority says it is absolutely convinced
that israel is behind the death of yasser arafat. israel denies this, and in most cases says it won't even comment on these allegations. however, if if does come to light that yasser arafat was indeed poisoned, that will lead to a gigantic investigation to then found out who did it. fred pleitken, cnn, ramallah. >> much more ahead this hour. >> here's a look at what's coming up. so far so good. that cease-fire between israel and hamas is holding for now, but there are real fears even the slightest flare-up could kick off chaos. plus, there was black friday, gray thursday. up next cyber monday. the holidays are here, and the retailers are ready. >> and you drove cliff to attempt suicide? >> how was i to know he was going to do a dumb thing like that? >> and tv's original bad boy.
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their positions, but in the framework of the understandings the hamas movement has promised egypt to abide by the cease-fire, and that gives us a certain amount of confidence. one way or the other, we hope this quiet for the people of southern israel will last. after all, they deserve a period of quiet. they have been on the receiving ends of those rockets from gaza day in and day out for too long now, and if they get peace and quiet, if they no longer have to live in fear the incoming rocket coming into gaza, if they don't have to run to bomb shelters every time they hear a siren that's a good thing, and we're thankful for it. >> some israelis, certainly those who live closer to the gas ad border and are subject to those attacks say they are disappointed the israeli government didn't decide to continue the military operation. why did the government decide to
go with the truce at this point? we thought that the opportunity that egypt put on the table, that this halt of hostilities was worth exploring. it was an opportunity that we should explore. ultimately if hamas breaks its commitments to the egyptians, if hamas does reignite violence and start shooting at our people again, we always have the action to act to defend ourselves as any country would if it attacks. if hamas breaks its promise, we will respond. we hope the cease-fire happens. >> benjamin netanyahu says israel will not hesitate to take strong action in the future, if necessary could. that involve a ground invasion? is that still on the table? >> if -- if hamas breaks its commitments to the egyptians, if hamas does escalate the situation again, i think in fairness i'd have to say that all options would be on the table because then we could -- we will say that we've given did i ploem say try, and diplomacy
didn't work. no government would sit by and see its civilian population by terrorists shooting rockets into our cities. no one will stand for that, and we won't either. the biggest challenge i think to this quiet is, of course, iran. because hamas' arsenal of missiles, the weapons that were fired at israeli cities, has been substantially depleted because of our surgical strikes against their arsenals, against their -- against their military machine, and they have very few left, so i don't think they have a lot of motivation to start another round now. nfc, the government in iran will do when it did k to replenish those supplies and try to rearm hamas as quickly as possible, and, therefore, it's very important for us, for the united states, and hopefully for egypt to act in a precise way and prevent, prevent iran from rearming hamas. >> hamas is claiming victory here in getting this truce. how do you see it?
did hamas score a victory? i mean, even after the truce was announced there were several rockets that fell on israel. >> i think in fairness hamas will always claim victory, but the truth is in the eight days of fighting, we hit them hard. we hit their command and control. we hit their missile stocks. we hit their communications and their organization. we hit their military machine, and i think there's a certain amount of bravado in hamas' behavior. we didn't want this conflict in the first place. we wish we didn't have to defend our people, and we hope now that the quiet will prevail and that there will be no need for israel to act to protect our civilians. >> but hamas has always refused to recognize israel. israel has always called hamas an energy of peace. wish we knew the answer to the next question. but can israel and hamas co-exist peacefully? >> if hamas was to moderate its positions, if hamas was to accept israel's right to live in
peace, if hamas was to renounce terrorism, if hamas was to support the peace process, those are the three u.n. conditions, then, of course, the door would be open for dialogue. >> how likely is that? >> up until now hamas has been stuck in a very, very extremist position. you saw they shot rockets at jerusalem, at tel aviv. when there was the terrible bombing on the bus in tel aviv a few days ago they praised that and said it's justified. not a lot of information to suggest that hamas is any way moderating its position so i think we'll have for the time being, will have quiet based on israeli deterrence and based on egypt's involvement and the promises hamas made to egypt to keep the kwai >> mark regev, thank you so much for talking with us this morning. so did the palestinians get what they wanted? in our 10:00 hour we'll talk with a former palestinian negotiator about the deal and about existing roadblocks to lasting peace. remembering one of tv's most iconic stars.
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good morning, new york. a beautiful shot of a beautiful sky there. just a few clouds. folks are waking up there. 8:22 on the east coast. 5:22 out west. thanks for watching this morning. >> actor larry hagman has died. his family says the 81-year-old actor was surrounded by family members at the end. they also say he was happy to end his career by resurrecting his favorite character, j.r. ewing. cnn's colleen mcedwards has more now on hagman's career and the
role that made him a household name. >> reporter: larry hagman wore many hats in his career, but is best known for the stetson he wore on "dallas." despite roles on film and on stage, hagman will always be remembered as the villainous j.r. ewing. >> and you drove cliff to attempt suicide? >> how was i to know he was going to do a dumb thing like that. >> reporter: when j.r. was shot by an enknown assailant it became one of the most famous cliffhangers in tv history, watched by 300 million people from all around the world. hagman never expected the show to endure. >> i just started the show doing six shows. i never thought i'd do 300. >> reporter: in fact, the "dallas" franchise was so successful the series was recently repriced. the u.s. network tnt brought it back with a new generation of ewings, and hagman came back, too, returning as j.r. once again.
critics say he was the best thing about "dallas," but explaining the character's appeal hagman once said the time is ripe for a real bad guy, and i'm it. >> have a good day, master. >> oh, i'm going to have a wonderful day, jeannie. >> reporter: it was a good guy who larry hagman blasted into people's living rooms, playing astronaut tony nelson on "i dream of jeannie." the show was a hit in 1960s and is still popular in syndication. even as a kid, hagman orbited in showbiz as the son of "peter pan" star mary martin, his movie roles included "up the cellar" and "harry and tonto." >> i don't need an any anymore, pop. i'm leaving off the cream now. >> reporter: only after milking a huge crot from the producers of "dallas" that hagman became immensely wealthy. he had houses. he had cars. he had vices, two of them included drinking and smoking.
he smoked for 24 years, gave it up and became an anti-smoking activist and spokesman for the american cancer society. >> 30 or 40 people said that they quit because of my personal involvement which makes me feel really good. >> reporter: he stopped drinking in 1995 when he was diagnosed with live cancer and underwent a life saving transplant. >> if we won in vietnam, we wouldn't be having this conversation. >> reporter: in recent years hagman appeared on the big screen in films like "nixon" and "primary colors," but it is his role as the charming and conniving oil man that audiences will never forget. cole lean mcedwards, cnn, atlanta. >> you know, it is getting earlier and earlier. more retailers are opening their doors on thanksgiving day hoping to cash in on your holiday spending dollars, but this year did it work? if you are one of the millions of men
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so i brought it to mike at meineke. we gave her car a free road handling check. i like free. free is good. my money. my choice. my meineke. bottom of the hour now. welcome back, everyone. i'm randi kaye. >> i'm victor black wey. thanks for starting your morning with us. after black friday now i'm getting comments from people on twitter starting with breakfast with pound cake on top of it. >> oh, my. >> kashi and then pound cake. fit in the leftovers some way. >> no way, no way. five stories we're watching this morning. >> protests have largely died down in cairo's tahrir square.
protesters were calling for the resignation of president mohamed morsi. this week morsi declared his word is final. he removed power from any judges to overturn any decrees he makes. judges are considering a strike in response to morsi's, panded powers. number two, just 38 days left until we cross over that so-called fiscal cliff. a move that would trigger massive spending cuts to government programs and could even send the u.s. into a recession. earlier this morning i asked morgan stanley smith barney director ron hart if there were any benefits of actually going over. >> getting our fiscal house in order, either now or later, right? we can't spend money at this trajectory, 16 trillion in debt. 99 trillion nun funded liabilities with medicare and social security, so at some point you've either got to do it now or do it later. >> congress is back in session on monday and expectsed to work on a solution. and in europe, european union leaders aend two dye days
of divisive budget talks without a deal. they are caught for one plan to increase the budget and another to cut t.eu leaders should be able to reach a deal early next year. number four, take a look at this. not sure what all the letters and numbers mean. neither do top british spy agencies. it's apparently some sort of world war ii code that was found on the skeleton of a carrier pigeon found in a man's chimney in england. this is pretty fascinating stuff. according to the uk intelligence agency, 250,000 pigeons were used during world war ii by all branches of the military and the special operations executives. >> this is like a movie. >> yeah. pretty wild stuff. >> number five. we've got black friday, cyber monday and now add this to the list. gray thursday. i didn't come up with it, but now we have it. that's the new phrase to describe retailers opening their doors on thanksgiving day to lure in the holiday shoppers a little sooner.
let's bring in the co-host of blockberg tv's "market makers." we've got black friday and gray thursday and taupe wednesday and periwinkle tuesday. >> and cyber monday. >> and cyber monday. is all of this working to get people in, any indication of how many people are going to spend? >> well, they are expected to spend over $52 billion this weekend here in the u.s., but it's more than just how much they are spending. this entire holiday shopping weekend bonanza really has become a cultural phenomenon, like those who watch football on thanksgiving works eat leftovers the day after, so many have turned this into a tradition, and so many of these stores have massive markdowns, more markdowns than they have ever had before. more deals both online and in stores, so they are having to heavily discount, but at the same time they are bringing in record numbers of people, and they are also creating a mad enthusiasm, so even if you weren't rushing through the stores, i can tell you i'm glad i wasn't elbowing my way through
walmart. it does create a frenzy, and you are thinking about shopping. last night when you came home you may have been tempted to even go online and see what deals are out there. >> yeah, i started out on wednesday looking at the deals, but, you know -- >> you can't resist it. >> and there are some great deals. the socks i bought, actually got 50% off on friday. so when we look at the people going into these stores, we also see in these shots all the workers who have to work on thanksgiving, earlier and earlier. one store i saw opened at 4:00 p.m. how big of a problem is that? >> it's actually not because for many of these workers they are seasonal workers so they are happy to have these jobs. many get paid time and a half, and in some, again, it's part of this cultural phenomenon that they actually like the experience. now, many of the stores, "wall street journal" reported yesterday, and we were doing our number crunching at bloomberg, some of these deals that you're seeing out there were actually offered at other points in the year by these retailers who are testing some of their items, so it's not like this is a one-time
only super deal, but it's really this experience, so if you think about other times a year like back-to-school, the retailers haven't been able to harness a single event, a weekend, when everyone rushes to the stores, but they have done that with the christmas shopping season, and it really seems to be working. >> we're talking about shopping for christmas, but right after that, a few days towards the end of the year we're going to hit the fiscal cliff. the question is will we go over it? we're having the conversation this morning about people spending money pore black friday and maybe their taxes will go up at the same time is this fiscal cliff threat playing any role in what we're seeing as it relates to holiday shopping? >> it is and it isn't. 64% of the people that were polled by the national retail federation said they were going to be affected by the political uncertainty and how they would be shopping this year, but last year people spend about $740 during the holiday season. that's expected to go up by-10
year to 750 so even though they are saying they are concerned about the fiscal cliff, definitely worried about their finances, the taxes, the economic climate, people do seem to have holiday fever, and they are out there shopping. when you think about what are they shopping for this year? it's a lot of big-ticket items. they are calling it the year of the toy which typical. you've got barbies and legos and furbies, and guess what else is also at the top of the list, apple products, iphones, ipads, mini ipads. those are very expensive items, and they are not being discounted because companies like apple don't have to, so even though people are definitely concerned about the cliff, they have the christmas fever. >> well, we know the best thing about shopping from home on cyber monday, no concerns about parking. stephanie -- >> no concerns about tv. >> thanks for speaking with us. >> thank you. the middle east came close to a ground war. we lost a few icons, and a shakeup on "sesame street." a look back at the week that
was. from rapid fire to cease-fire. from a presidential first to a pop star making his fame last and saying good-bye to an icon. >> ooh it's so good. >> a look back now at this week that was. after eight days of blasts and a relentless barrage of missiles, a cease-fire between israel and hamas, a delicate agreement that required diplomats from all over the world, including president obama who was in asia this week. >> but there's no excuse for violence against innocent people. >> the president doing what no other has done before, visiting myanmar, also known as burma, a country with a long history violence and repression. >> for the sake of our common humanity and for the sake of this country's future, it's
necessary to stop incitement and stop violence. >> back here at home. ♪ sophie's world >> elmo fans flinched at news that the man behind the voice is entangled in an underage sex scandal. both the sesame workshop and the voice parted ways and mr. food lost his battle with cancer, and iconic food brand hostess closed its doors. last-ditch efforts to save the company failed this week. no more twinkies, no more ho-hos, no more sno-balls unless another company buys them, but there will be lots of psy in the future. the "gangnam style" phenom got folks on their feet on their feet at the music awards with m.c. hammer. >> and from m.c. to the v.p. >> says that i come over there
41 minutes past the hour now. he's the charismatic former congressman from chicago who voters had just re-elected to a tenth term despite being absent most of the year and facing legal and health troubles. jesse jackson jr., son of civil rights leader reverend jesse jackson, announced his resignation this week citing, quote, several serious health issues, but jackson is also the subject of fbi and house ethics
investigations. so let's bring in cnn legal contributor paul callan to talk a little bit more about this. paul, good morning. >> good morning, randi. >> the fbi is investigating jackson for allegedly misusing campaign funds for personal use, but he hasn't been charged with any crimes. what's he facing, and when are the consequences here? >> well, you know, there are two aspects to this investigation, and we don't know a lot about it, because there haven't been public announcements made by the justice department or the fbi, but one is personal use of campaign funds. there's a claim that he -- his funds were used to transport a mistress apparently back and forth from washington, d.c. to chicago at some point in time. there's a second aspect of the case though that i was looking at, and i think it might be more important. it's a link to governor blagojevich. remember blagojevich was sent to prison for trying essentially to buy senator obama's senate seat when he was elected president, and jackson is sort of tied into some of the claims in this case. i don't know whether there's any
merit to it or not, but there's a fund-raiser who is linked to jesse jackson jr., and that may be under investigation as well. >> in addition to the fbi though, jackson's also facing this house ethics investigate on allegations that he or one of his associates had offered that money, to raise the money for the blagojevich case. do you see that going anywhere? i mean, look what happened to blagojevich in that. >> well, you know, blagojevich, of course, they tried him twice. they convicted him the second time. he was sentenced to 14 years in prison, so it's a very, very serious offense, and the claim that the house ethics committee is investigating and maybe the fbi is involved with is one of blagojevi blagojevich's fund-raisers was linked to the jackson family and basically said we'll raise a lot of money for you, and if we do, we want the senate seat. we want jackson appointed to the senate seat. if that happens, that's an ethics violation and quite possibly a violation of criminal
law as well. >> want to turn to another case potentially affecting a whole lot of people in the workplace. the supreme court on monday is expected to determine workplace harassment rules, and it seems to hinge really on the definition of just this one word, supervisor. what is this all about? >> you know, this is surprisingly important. it sounds like some boring lawyer thing, you know, what's a supervisor, but here's how it plays out. if you are discriminated against or sexually harassed by a supervisor, the employer is automatically responsible. you've got a case, and you have a big pocket because it's going to be the company that you can sue. if the harassment though comes from a fellow worker, not a supervisor, you have a much harder lawsuit. you have to prove the employer knew about it and he was negligent in not curing the condition. now, how that plays out for ordinary people is, for instance, let's say at the office christmas party, which is coming up, somebody gets drunk and sexually harasses you at the office christmas party.
if that person is a supervisor can you sue the company. if he's a fellow worker, no lawsuit, so it makes a big difference for liabilities for companies, and the federal courts have differing definitions of this, who is a supervisor. some of the circuits make it very hard. it's got to be somebody who can fire you. other circuits say, no, if it's just somebody who kind of has a little bit of supervisory responsibility, he fits that definition so the supreme court is going to straighten it out. >> could we see some changes though in the workplace? >> well, i don't know if you'll see changes in the workplace because there's a lot of paranoia in the workplace now because of the title vii law. you wouldn't believe the number of lawsuits out there, huge numbers. i think if the court finds that a supervisor can in fact be a fellow worker, you're going to see an increase in lawsuits, and you'll also see employers being a lot more careful about supervising and having programs to make sure nobody gets harassed or discriminated against in the work mace. >> no question about that. paul callan, noise to see you.
>> nice seeing you, randi. be careful at the office christmas party. >> i don't think i have to worry about that one here. >> take care. >> wow. that stuff doesn't go on here. anyway, moving on. moving on. that callan, you never know what he's going to say. >> no idea what's coming next. >> road trips with the kids can be long and boring, but now there are some amazing new applications created for the road weary. we'll show you an easy way to find them. i always wait until the last minute. can i still ship a gift in time for christmas?
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boing-boing and told me how they came up with this idea. >> jane and i have been playing iphone apps ever since the iphone came out and have really had fun playing different games and our friend and neighbors asked us about game recommendations and they did it so much that we thought we might have it for a larger audience and put together this podcast called apps for kids we run on our website boing-boing. >> we also realized a lot of good apps weren't being recognized so that was another reason. >> you get to play to with the apps and determine how long you would be interested. how do you come up with the recommendations, and where do you get the suggestions? >> well, we come up with the recommendations. my dad sort of just gets a lot of apps and then we check them all out and find the best one, or also a lot of people watch apps for kids, they are like game designers, they send us games and they say can you
review our games on apps for kids and stuff like that. >> very popular this time of year when a lot of young drives to grandmother's house. tell me, what are the favorites. can you show us a few that you really like. >> yeah, sure. we were playing one in the green room earlier today. i don't know if you can see this very well, but it's called robot wants kitty, and it -- it's a game where you have this robot who is kind of walking around this maze, and he's got to get through and find a little kitty and has to go through all sorts of different traps and secret doors and use different kinds of special skills to do it. the cool thing about it though is that kids can -- can program their own mazes and create game levels for it, and so jane is really good at creating levels, and then she challenges me to try to solve them. >> i know there are a lot of people watching this and remember singing in the car for hours and doing word games.
we're past that now. gone with the games of a world without electronics, are we now all on the ipad with our families? >> well, no, not really. i think that's good to have a balance, and even, you know, when kids have an ipad in the car they will eventually burn out, and it is fun to just sing in the car or talk about things that you see out the window or talk about things that have happened at school so we definitely as a family try to limit the amount of screen time gets kid, at home and in the car. i think that's really an important thing to keep in mind. >> yeah. usually get one or two hours each day. >> one or two hours each day. on long road trips i usually get -- >> do you think that might be too much? >> i think that it's just about a balanced amount. like on weekdays i get one hour, and on weekends i get two. >> i'm sure you've helped a lot of parents who are looking for something to give the kids something to do on that long drive.
mark and jane, thank you. >> thanks a lot. >> thanks. if you missed it, the late night talk shows were all abuzz with turkey day, black friday and politics. we'll show you the funniest moments. but first, when traveling to other cities and countries, the best way to get a real taste of the place is through the local food. cnn i-report has teamed up with "travel & leashur" magazine to create a global list of how to eat like a local. here's david mattingly. >> reporter: i'm david mattingly in manchester, new hampshire. when i want to eat like a local i go to puritian. the menu is good for a little light reading, something here for just about everybody, but when people talk about this place, more often than not they will talk about the boneless breast of chicken with the special sauce. that's supposed to be what makes it really different. also, the fried chicken tenders.
this is co-owner chuck sturridgio. tell me what's so special about these. what makes them world famous. >> supposedly the chicken tenders were invented at the puritian back room back in the late '70s, one of the previous owners, my partner's father, was dealing with a poultry conditions and they had these -- he called them one day and had scraps left over, wanted to know if he wanted to do anything with them. the chicken tenders, believe it or not, were invented right here at the puritian back room back in the 1970s. we've perfected the marinating, the frying, the batter and oil. everything we've done is people come worldwide for our famous chicken tenders. >> when you say chicken tenders, you're talking about different kinds of chicken tenders here. >> we're talking about our original chicken tenders. we now have spicy chicken tenders. we have coconut tenders, and we have buffalo tenders.
>> as if anybody would still have an appetite after thee ate all this, what makes the mud slide special? >> no ice cream in it. even though we make ice cream here it's just pure alcohol. >> reporter: how many different types of mud slides do you have? >> about 15 different types. >> reporter: to eat like a local in manchester, new hampshire go, to puritian back room. [ male announcer ] this december, remember -- what starts with adding a friend... ♪ ♪ ...could end with adding a close friend. ♪
welcome back. it's time now for some of the best late night laughs of the week. >> yeah. in case you missed it while you were stuffing yourself with stuffing, here's jay leno's take on thanksgiving and politics. >> you know, it's interesting. they celebrated thanksgiving a little differently at the white house this year. what they did is president obama went out to a farm, picked out the turkey he wanted and then they sent in s.e.a.l. team six to take it out. hey, did you see john boehner, how they killed their turkey? they pushed him off the fiscal cliff. >> hostess brands may be going under which means the likely end to those iconic snacks most people love, the twinkies and ho-hos. >> so, of course, david letterman had something to say about it. >> when i was a kid, my mom used to give me the twinkies, and i would get them for lunch. she would put them in my lunch
pail, and they were so delicious because back then they used actual organic ingredients. and they were so tasty, and i remember every single bite of those delicious twinkies, and then years later i remembered every single minute of my open heart surgery. >> next hour of "cnn saturday morning" starts right now. >> good morning, everyone. i'm randi kaye. >> and i'm victor blackwell. 9:00 on the east coast and 6:00 out west. thanks for starting your morning with us. we start in egypt where anti-government protests are much smaller today than they have been the last couple of days. demonstrators are upset over president mohamed morsi's expansion of his own powers. the country's supreme court judicial council is calling morsi's move -- calling it an unprecedented attack on the independence of the judicial branch.
we'll take you to cairo in a couple of minutes. life is returning to normal in southern israel and gaza. schools are open in gaza for the first time since the fighting started last week. both sides agreed to a cease-fire. shootings and rocket fire have stopped for the most part, except for one incident yesterday. back here at home it's an annual tradition marked by door busters, deals and massive crowds. i'm talk, of course, about black friday. millions of americans head together mall as the national holiday shopping season gets under way. sales will increase by 4.1 percent from last year, and officials in springfield, massachusetts will begin a controlled demolition today after this explosion tore through the city's downtown area. 25 buildings, including one that housed a strip club, were damaged. springfield police say 18 people were hurt, but no one was killed, something massachusetts lieutenant governor called a miracle. and vet rap actor larry
hagman has died. his family says it was complications from cancer and that he was surrounded by family at the end. hagman was best known for his role as j.r. ewing on the long running tv drama "dallas." larry hagman was 81. and sad news we're just learning, that the former world boxing champion -- >> this is cnn breaking news. >> more on that breaking news that the former world boxing champion hector "macho" can a macho has now died. he was taken off life support at a hospital in san juan. several of his sons arrived in puerto rico early today to be by his side. the 50-year-old was declared clinically brain dead after being shot in the face. that was last tuesday. the gunman and another suspect are sill at large. now let's get back to egypt. besides street protests, we are now seeing the first fallout over president mohamed morsi's power grab. cnn's reza sayah is live in
cairo for us. reza, what exactly has happened now with the government? >> reporter: well, this face-off between mr. morsi, the egyptian president and his opponents is starting to take shape with a number of important developments today. one of his presidential advisers resigned in protest, the supreme court judicial council. the body that represents the top judges in egypt held an emergency meeting and released a statement describing mr. morsi's decrees that he announced on thursday to be an attack, an unprecedented attack on the independence of the judiciary. we spoke to a judge, and this is important, who is telling us that all the judges in the city of alexandria, this is egypt's second largest city, have gone on strike, suspended their work indefinitely, and we have an announcement by a number of political factions that on tuesday here in cairo there's going to be a million man protest and sit-in with a number
of demands. among those demands, the political factions are making, is a demand for mr. morsi to reverse his decree, so this face-off between the president and his opponents taking shape behind us here in tahrir square, and i'm going to carefully step out of the way. you can see that demonstrators are still there, but the numbers are nowhere near what we saw yesterday. you see the tents. protesters pitching them to spend the night. some people trickling in, but certainly, randi, nowhere near the numbers that we saw yesterday. >> does it surprise you, reza? i mean, you've been covering this area for some time. saw the arab spring and the end of hosni mubarak and now does it surprise you they are calling mohamed morsi a dictator and calling for him to step down there? >> reporter: well, look, i think one of the outcomes of the egyptian revolution was that egyptians in general lost their fear and inhibition to speak up
and protest. they value their revolution. many of these political movements will tell you, they value the democratic principles that they fought for, and they believe these recent moves by egyptian president emmorsy is undermining the democratic process, so if you talk to many of these people out here. they say it's no surprise that they have come out and protested again. they say they are going to be out here for the duration of this until their call is heeded, and i think one of the factors is looking ahead. how much staying power these protesters have and what mr. morsi is going to do to defuse this conflict. >> how much do you think this power grab has to do? how much do you think it's feeding off of mohamed morsi's role in the cease-fire between israel and gaza? >> yeah, interesting timing, isn't it? his announcement of these decrees came 24 hours after he got a lot of international credit for his role in establishing the cease-fire.
it's impossible to say that that was a factor, but certainly these announcements are actually calculated by heads of state. some say that he wanted to do it to ride the momentum of the international credit, but the credit, he's getting, internationally is nothing to do with his population domestically. we should point out that he has a lot of supporters. the muslim brotherhood. he has a lot of backing with islamist factions, but as we've seen over the past 24 hours, he has a lot of critics and opponents as well. >> yeah, certainly, a tricky situation to maneuver there. reza sayah, thank you so much. well, when it comes to bullies, one little girl does something others shy away from. >> i stood up for myself, and i would like to stand up for everyone. >> we'll hear more from this courageous girl and what's being done now to stop bullying in her city. r! bigger! bigger! so, which would you rather have -- a big treehouse or a small treehouse? if it's big enough, you can have a disco. oh, yeah!
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welcome back. a 9-year-old girl is taking a stand against bullying. she even came up with an idea to stop, it an idea even her school hadn't thought of before. kevin torres from our affiliate wksa has her story. >> reporter: not too long ago john griffin's daughter isabella told him about mean girls. >> they were picking me about my
clothes and how i looked. >> reporter: went on to tell them about the special needs kid in her class about how he was getting bullied and how he was getting it worse. >> i thought it was mean and i wanted to help him. >> reporter: and then she told him this. >> i stood up for myself and i would like to stand up for everyone. >> i pledge to be a buddy and not a bully. >> standing up for others by standing in front of the school board. >> you are making a commitment to yourself, your fellow students. >> reporter: isabella came up with a plan cad be a buddy and not a bully and asked students to sign a pledge to not be a bully. >> it basically entitles the kids to basically step in. >> reporter: the idea was so successful that the school district implement it had through all of its k-5 schools. >> if not for the likes of our students, along the lines of isabella griffin, we'd have our hands full. >> reporter: as you can imagine doing all of this at the age of 9 hasn't been a piece of cake. quite frankly what isabella
griffin has accomplished so far has been pretty sweet. >> thank you. >> so sweet. joining us now via skype from alamosa, california, is isabella griffin and her father john. good morning to both of you. isabella, congratulations on this great work that you have done, certainly comes in handy for so many kids, i'm sure. how many people have now signed your pledge? >> well, we are actually waiting for our symbol which is for the bracelets to come and then we will go from there. >> and are you surprised, isabella, by the fact that this school picked it up as their official program? i mean, how does that make you feel? >> well, it makes me feel really good that now that i've presented it -- presented it to you, my school, they are going
to make it happen. >> yeah. we have some of what we call your confidence points listed here. these are things that a bud woe say to help a friend who is being bullied. one of them that stands out is don't listen to them. you know you are better. these are really important points to think about when you're in the midst of being bullied. how did you come up with these. >> well, i have done a lot of research, and i have come up with these because, well, i remembered what idid for myself, and i know what i can do for others, so i thought about what i could say to them to make them feel better, like don't listen to them, they are wrong, or be who you are. you're fine the way you are, and something of that.
>> john, you must be so proud of your daughter. did you expect this to -- to come out of the work that she was doing? >> absolutely not. >> basically isabella sat me down and presented me 20 pages worth of information on why she wanted to create a club in school, and when i really sat down and i looked at everything that she was doing, you know, it kind of made me think we need to take this to the principal this. plan and this model, i think, can be instituted in the only in the alamosa school district, but i think it can be a model for schools nationwide, so once i saw what she had, i wanted to take it further, and at least show her that she has our support, and if it only goes to alamosa, that's great and to be on cnn is actually kind of shocking. >> well, i think the program being there is wonderful as
well, but i wand to read the be a buddy motto, isabella. it says i will respect myself and others and be a friend to those who are being bullied. i will be a buddy, not a bully. what's your advice to others? if they do see someone being bullied, how do you become a buddy and how do you cnn? what's the right way to go about it? >> well, if you see somebody being bullied you can tell the bully to stop, and if that doesn't work, you can walk the person that's being picked on away from the situation and tell them some of those -- some of those confidence points, and you can just make them feel better by letting them know that you're there for them and that it's okay and they shouldn't have got picked on. >> i think that's great because they do need to know that they are not alone, like you said. isabella, great job. fantastic work in what you're
doing, and john griffin, appreciate you both coming on this morning. >> thank you very much. >> thank you. >> and if you would like to sound off on stories about bullying, can you tweet me now or any time use the hashtag bullyingstopshere. find me on cnn. randi kaye. love to hear what you think. hundreds protesting outside walmart stores on black friday, and the movement is raising questions about whether we're seeing a new normal in part-time work. we'll talk to an expert. rage, o. that's one smart board. what else does it do, reverse gravity? [ laughs ] [ laughs ] [ whooshing ] tell me about it. why am i not going anywhere? you don't believe hard enough. a smarter way to shop around. now that's progressive. call or click today. [ grunting ]
to wade through. across the u.s. hundreds protested outside of walmart fighting for better wages, more hours and affordable health care. >> are the low-paying part-time jobs without benefits the new normal when it comes to retail workers? joining us to discuss is john logan, professor at san francisco state university. >> good morning. >> the government says 8.3 million workers in the u.s. are underemployed, not getting enough hours, even though they want them, really, but those are the kinds of jobs that companies are offering. are we seeing this? is this the new normal now? >> right. well, this is certainly one of the main demands of the protesting walmart workers. in addition to an increase in pay, many of them make an average of below $9 an hour, and they are asking for a minimum of $13 an hour. they also want more full-time jobs because at the moment there's a huge number of workers
working at walmart, but especially at walmart works want to work full time but the scheduling at walmart provides them only with part-time work which as you say often doesn't provide adequate access to benefits. >> john, if the unions get the part-time positions to become full-time positions, that means it will cost the companies more and maybe increase costs to the consumer. really, how will the companies handle these increased expenses. >> right, for a company like walmart. walmart could certainly afford to pay its employees a little bit more and could afford to create more full-time work instead of part-time work. the company made $16 billion from profits last year and walmart is particularly significant because it has an impact on what happens in the rest of the retail sector, too, so if walmart were to create a
positive example and create more full-time positions and provide better wages and benefits, you may actually see a ripple effect throughout the retail sector, but similar if walmart creates below standard for the industry, other companies have to compete with the low standards and they have to drive down wages and benefits and have to create more part-time instead of full-time positions in order to compete with walmart. >> so in terms of impact, is a strike against walmart more likely to hurt walmart itself or hurt the employees? >> well, i think that the protests at walmart will be an ongoing thing. i mean, it's really quite remarkable that we had strikes in 100 cities and 46 stays yesterday and this has been the culmination of two months of actions of walmart throughout the country. walmart is known for its fairly
ashouthoritarian corporate cult so if anyone predicted a year ago or even six months ago that we would have seen these protests yesterday, i think you would just say, you know, it's not going to happen, but it did happen, and, you know, i think it will continue to happen because the workers do have a great deal of community support as well. they have attracted a lot of support from civil rights organizations, from religious organizations, from women's organizations, et cetera, so -- so that's not just going to disappear overnight. i think this will be an ongoing thing until they are able to get some of the goals that they are protesting for. >> and, of course, we'll see what the outcome will be going on to the next weeks or months or maybe years as this continues. john logan, professor and director of labor and employment studies at san francisco university, thank you. >> thank you very much. >> and we're back in a minute with a check of the day's top
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before, and there will never be anyone like you again. larry hagman was 81. and in about an hour, we will take you live to larry hagman's star on hollywood walk of fame. >> and former world boxing champion hector "macho" comacho has died. taken off life support at a hospital in san jaup. several his sons arrived in puerto rico earlier today to be by his side. the 50-year-old was declared clinically brain dead after being shot in the face last tuesday. police are still looking for the gunman and another suspect. moving to egypt where a key presidential adviser has resigned as part of the protest against president mohamed morsi. hundred of demonstrators are in the street today. morsi expanded his control this week, basically taking key powers away from judges. someone may wake up a multi-millionaire tomorrow. the powerball lottery jackpot is now a whopping $325 million. that is the fourth largest
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